Photography: Fall Fashions in Wine Country

All Photos Copyright 2019 Russell Johnson

Unless you go to the mountains, California is not known for its fall colors. Yes, there are splashes here and there, but not the blazing displays you will find in colder, wetter climes. But, the planting of thousands of acres of wine grapes over the past thirty years or so, has created a new fall fashion. Here are a few from Sonoma/Napa wine country.

OldVines, Sonoma, CA

Red and Green Vines, Sonoma
Harlequin Vines – (c) Russell Johnson

Fall Colors - Far Niente Road, Napa CalifFar Niente Vineyards – Napa

Riding the Electricos (trams) Through the Hills of Lisbon – Video

Nighttime scene of a tram in LisbonPhotos and Video (c) Russell Johnson

Like Rome and San Francisco, Lisbon is built on seven hills. Unlike Rome and San Francisco, however, the only easy way to get to parts of it is on a tram, or electrico. It’s that steep. The trams date back to 1873 when they were horse drawn. They went electric in 1901. By 1959 there were 24 routes. There are now only six, but citizens and tourists alike still love’em.

The most celebrated is Electrico 24, which hits many of the historical sites of Lisbon. But we’ve found the electricos handy and charming for travel to many parts of town, especially if you buy a 24 hour pass, which will allow you to hop on and hop off.

Here is a little video we did.

Angkor: Before the Crowds Arrived (Video)

Roots at Ta Prohm Temple, Cambodia ©Russell Johnson

I have seen the pictures: tourists mugging and doing fish-face selfies amongst the ancient temples of Angkor, one of the world’s heritage treasures. In 2018, Cambodia attracted an estimated 5.5 million international tourists, many of which descended like a plague upon Angkor.

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